Wednesday, October 17, 2012

#ManBookerPrize: Hilary Mantel Wins the 2012 Man Booker Prize

Hilary Mantel has won the 2012 Man Booker Prize with her book Bringing Up the Bodies, a sequel to her 2009 Booker-Prize-winning novel Wolf Hall. The 50,000 Pounds prize was announced on October 16, 2012 at 9:40 pm British time at a dinner at Guildhall. This win makes her the third author to have won the Booker Prize on two different occasions. The other two are Peter Carey (1988 & 2001) and J.M. Coetzee (1983 & 1999). 

She is the first person to have the first two books of a trilogy win the Booker Prize. Could she make it three in three? Read more here. The Guardian reported that the Chair of Judges, Peter Stothard, described Hilary Mantel as 'the greatest modern English prose writer.'


  1. Nana, I am not sure how trustworthy this Man Booker Prize is because, I have read two books so far awarded the Man Booker Prize
    And I did not enjoy them all.

    The God's of Small Thing

    was my worst nightmare in literature.


    1. Lol. I get you regarding the two books you mentioned though we share different opinions. The Man Booker Prize, for the past two years, concentrated on 'readable' books - books that appeals to the masses. When this was announced there was serious agitations among readers that quality is being sacrificed for commercial value. Some readers threatened to form a different literary award that would put premium on quality.

      This is my review of Famished Road by Ben Okri. I enjoyed it, unlike you. Lol.

      And this is my review of The God of Small Things. Again I enjoyed it. But only somewhat.

      I haven't read that many Booker Prize winners or shortlists.


Help Improve the Blog with a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Featured post

Njoroge, Kihika, & Kamiti: Epochs of African Literature, A Reader's Perspective

Source Though Achebe's Things Fall Apart   (1958) is often cited and used as the beginning of the modern African novel written in E...